Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has suffered a minor setback on his road to recovery after picking up an Achilles tendon injury in September.
The 27-year-old defender was ruled out for two months after he picked up the injury and felt pain in the area when training this week, putting a halt to his recovery.
"I was outside running earlier in the week but the Achilles was still a little sore, so I've had to take a step back and concentrate on working in the gym," Dawson told the club's official website.
"The physios aren't too worried as I've been in a protective boot for a couple of weeks and I need to strengthen it up."
Spurs’ medical staff will not rush to get the England international back into action and any of the outdoor work Dawson had been working on will be put on hold for the time being.
"I'm obviously a little down, but you never know with injuries and rehab, so we'll wait and see," Dawson continued.
"I'll have a weekend's rest now and then it will be back to it next week. It's so disappointing to be injured and I was with Tom Huddlestone in the gym this week, he's also out and it's a hard time for a footballer, it's the side of the game people don't see.
"As I said before, footballers tend to take for granted being fit, I certainly do, but you soon realise when you are injured how lucky you are to be out there playing week in, week out.
"You just have to keep working hard and your body will be ready when it's ready."